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Osvaldo Golijov

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Osvaldo Golijov is becoming major amount in modern music by creating a polystylistic technique, variously predicated on American music of several decades, on traditional Judeo-Christian liturgies, on folk customs of many countries, and on Latin-American affects, paying particular focus on the tango as produced by Astor Piazzolla. Golijov transforms these different materials into completely brand-new forms and noises without obvious sources to their resources. Delivered into an Eastern Western european Jewish family members in La Plata, Argentina, Golijov initial researched music with Gerardo Gandini, a pupil of Alberto Ginastera, whose music mixed a nationalistic idiom with advanced Western european procedures, like the twelve-tone program. In 1983, Golijov shifted to Israel, where he used research with Ukraine-born musicologist and composer Tag Kopytman, whose parts include visual notation and opportunity elements. Golijov found america in 1986, and gained his Ph.D. in the University or college of Pa, where he analyzed with George Crumb, after that later continuing his research at Tanglewood with Lukas Foss and Oliver Knussen. In 1990 Golijov was called a Fellow in the Tanglewood Music Middle. That 12 months, he became familiar with the Kronos Quartet, for whom he published K’vakarat for string quartet and cantor, and in 1997 made up Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for string quartet and clarinet. Other performers for whom Golijov offers written are the Rumanian Gypsy music group Taraf de Haïdouks, the Mexican rock-band Cafe Tacuba, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, and fiddler Alicia Svigals. His discovery rating, La Pasión Según San Marcos (2000), commemorated the 250th wedding anniversary of J.S. Bach’s loss of life. It had been commissioned by Helmuth Rilling for the Western Music Event, which also included functions by Wolfgang Rihm and Sofia Gubaydulina. In 2002, the Haenssler documenting of La Pasión Según San Marcos received Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. In 2006, Golijov’s opera Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears), was created at Tanglewood by Peter Sellars and premiered on Compact disc by Deutsche Grammophon, offering Dawn Upshaw, Kelley O’Connor, and Jessica Rivera within the business lead roles, backed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, under Robert Spano. The documenting received two Grammy honours, for Greatest Opera Documenting and Best Modern Composition. Golijov offers received several commissions from main ensembles and organizations in america and Europe. He’s the receiver of a MacArthur Fellowship and many other honours. He has adopted responsibilities as composer-in-residence for most major celebrations and workshops, and spent some time working extensively using the Silk Street Project. He is a person in the music faculties at Holy Mix University, the Tanglewood Music Middle, as well as the Boston Conservatory. His functions have been released by Ytalianna Music Posting.

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Full Name Osvaldo Golijov
Date Of Birth December 5, 1960
Profession Film Score Composer
Education University of Pennsylvania
Nationality Argentine
Spouse Neri Oxman
Awards MacArthur Fellowship, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Albums The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, La Pasión Según San Marcos, Forgotten Songs: Dawn Upshaw Sings Debussy, Tetro: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Lindberg: The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt / Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, Ayre, Oceana, Klezmer Concertos & Encores, Golijov: Ainadamar incl. Bonus Tracks, Tetro
Movies Twixt, The Oath, Tetro, Youth Without Youth, Eleven Minutes, Nine Seconds, One Image: September 11, The Man Who Cried


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1 Golijov is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. [2008]
2 Golijov says he was glad to be assigned the St. Mark Passion. St. John was out of the question because of its treatment of Jews, and St. Matthew raised the specter of Bach a little too concretely for Golijov's comfort.
3 Garnered a major commission from Soli Deo Gloria, the Wheaton, Illinois, based foundation dedicated to spreading "the message of God's greatness and goodness through the most powerful music of our time."
4 Born in Argentina, Golijov grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household.
5 In 2000, commissioned by German Helmuth Rilling for $10,000 to write a Passion based on St. Mark to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 2000.
6 Studied with Mark Kopytman at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy.
7 Ph.d in Music Composition from University of Pennsylvania where he studied with George Crumb.
8 Associate Professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he has taught since 1991, and is also on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory.
9 2003 MacArthur Fellow with a $500,000 "no strings attached" funds over the next five years.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twixt 2011
Blue of Noon 2010 Short
P.O.V. 2010 TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Oath 2010 Documentary
Tetro 2009
Youth Without Youth 2007
September 11 2002 segment "Mexico"
The Man Who Cried 2000

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding Babel 2015 Documentary writer: "Mariel"
Twixt 2011 performer: "Nosferatu" - uncredited
Tetro 2009 writer: "Last Round" 1996 - uncredited
Youth Without Youth 2007 writer: "Yo Sin Ti Me without You"
Yes 2004/I arranger: "12/12"
The Man Who Cried 2000 writer: "Close Your Eyes"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Three Short Films About Peace 2014 TV Series short music - 1 episode
Yes 2004/I music consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2009 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Music of Strangers 2015 Documentary Himself
A Journey with Peter Sellars 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lights! Action! Music! 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Cinema Eye Honors Award Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score The Oath (2010)
2001 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Discovery of the Year The Man Who Cried (2000)


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